Game 78: Red Sox at Phillies

It’s a crisp night here in Philadelphia for Game 5 of the World Series. It should be a great game as Beckett faces Lee. Oh, wait, it’s still June. My fault. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (45-32)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Darnell McDonald LF
Jason Varitek C
Mike Cameron RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Josh Beckett RHP (6-2, 1.86)

PHILLIES (49-30)
Jimmy Rollins SS
Placido Polanco 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Shane Victorino CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Domonic Brown RF
Carlos Ruiz C
Cliff Lee LHP (8-5, 2.87)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.


TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Notes: The Phillies have the best record in baseball, the Sox are third. … The Sox lead the series between the teams 26-17 and are 19-6 against the Phillies under Terry Francona with wins in nine of the last 13 games. … The Sox are 6-6 in interleague games this season. … The Sox have scored only 14 runs in their last five games and are 3 of 33 with runners in scoring position in the last four. … The Sox have dropped four of their last five games and five of their last eight. … Pedroia has hit safely in 11 straight at 16 of 42. … Gonzalez has hit safely in six straight at 15 of 31 with nine RBIs. … Ortiz is 0 for his last 12. … Lee is 4-0, 0.27 in June. His line: 33 IP, 19 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 24 K. … Beckett has not pitched since June 15 because of the flu. He is 8-4, 3.98 in 19 appearances against Philadelphia, 2-1, 4.71 in three starts for the Sox. … Daniel Bard’s last 11 games: 13 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K. … McDonald is 5 for 46 on the season (.109) with one extra-base hit and three RBIs.

Roster moves: The Sox have optioned down LHP Tommy Hottovy and RHP Scott Atchison and activated LHP Franklin Morales and RHP Bobby Jenks off the disabled list.


The bullpen now has Morales, Jenks, Dan Wheeler, Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon.

Red Sox vs. Lee: Gonzalez 7-10, 1 HR; McDonald 2-5; Pedroia 4-11; Cameron 2-6, 1 HR; Scutaro 8-25; Youkilis 5-19,1 HR; Varitek 3-12; Drew 2-8; Ortiz 6-25; Ellsbury 1-8.

Phillies vs. Beckett: Francisco 2-2; Ruiz 1-3; Utley 8-25, 2 HR; Howard 4-13, 1 HR; Victorino 2-7 Ibanez 2-11; Rollins 12-47; Polanco 4-4.

Stat of the Day: Lee has not beat the Red Sox since April 26, 2006 when he was with the Indians. He is 0-3 with a 4.64 ERA since in five starts.

Song of the Day: “Sailing to Philadelphia” by Mark Knopfler.

Loading Comments...